UPDATE: Man Pleads to Selling Heroin While on Parole

By: News Email
By: News Email

UPDATE: 3/202014

A guilty plea for a Belpre man arrested twice for selling heroin while on parole more than two years ago.

Justin Tucker pleads guilty to two counts so of trafficking in drugs, specifically heroin, each from two different insistence.

First in October of 2011, the Washington County Major Crimes Task Force found Tucker traveling back from Columbus with 11.2 grams of heroin. Tucker was on parole at the time.

Then, still on parole, over a year later in November of 2012, Task Force Agents saw Tucker sell heroin to someone.

Wednesday, Tucker pleaded to both trafficking counts, and with the deal three other charges were dropped.

Sentencing is set for May 1, maximum sentence is 54 months.
UPDATE: 10/5/2011 5:40 P.M.

Agents with The Major Crimes Task Force made a traffic stop Tuesday evening, which resulted in a heroin bust.

When agents with the Major Crimes Task Force were asked to stop a vehicle because a passenger was under parole violation, they found more than expected.

"We made a traffic stop on them and got the dog out, and the dog indicated that they believed there was drugs there, we did a search," Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks explained.

Kelli Brown, the driver of the vehicle, told agents she was concealing drugs inside her body.

"When we took her to the jail, we had a female corrections officer proceed with her giving up the drugs."

Brown is now facing 3 felony charges including tampering with evidence, permitting drug abuse, and drug possession.

"The mere fact that you have drugs and it's in this quantity and it's concealed and you're transporting it. 15, that's about half an ounce, 15 grams, that is a lot of heroin and I'm sure it was going to be probably resold."

But that's not all. Brown is also facing charges of child endangerment.

"When they moved the kids they could see the white powder, probably heroin residue in the back there. And also in the back seat there was syringes and other drug paraphernalia laying there right in the car."

Brown pleaded not guilty to the charges of putting her kids in harms way, but Sherrif Mincks explains just how dangerous this situation could be.

"If you are a mother and you are transporting your kids into a house where you're buying drugs and then you're transporting the drugs with them, that's certainly not an environment, I think, that you'd want a 7,8,9,10 year old to be subjected to."

Her bail was set at $53,500 for all 4 charges. Preliminary hearings will begin October 12th.
According to Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks, task force agents stopped a vehicle driven by Kelli Brown of Parkersburg and her passenger, Justin Tucker.

Agents used a canine to search the vehicle and found drug paraphernalia.

According to Sheriff Mincks, Brown admitted she placed nearly 15 grams of heroin in a plastic bag in her body.

Agents also removed two children from the vehicle and found another bag containing white powder underneath one of the children.

Brown was charged with felony offenses for possession of heroin, tampering with evidence, and permitting drug abuse. She was also charged with child endangerment due to the fact that syringes and drugs were accessible to children.

She is being held without bond, pending her initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Tucker is also in the Washington County Jail Wednesday with charges of violating his parole.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    kelli justin you guys are good people and good parents that just made a bad decion due to your problems if washington co spent more time helping people instead of locking them up there wouldnt be this problem so kelli im not mad at you guys and your friends that know u know the real boobies
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      by LOL on Oct 18, 2011 at 08:47 AM in reply to
      Yes please lets blame everyong on the way washington county does their job! Its completely their fault your friend chose to put her children in danger and hide drugs "inside her"! Yes its their fault! Please lets just blame the cops because someone did something completely wrong and immoral! WOW ignorance much.
  • by IM OUT Location: UNKNOWN on Oct 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM
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      by HA! on Oct 18, 2011 at 08:45 AM in reply to IM OUT
      Problem is that anyone who worked with you or even knew you knows exactly how you are! You were always on something here at work..falling asleep at your desk, blindly walking thru the halls and break room. You dont care about your children. If you did you would have never put them in that situation to begin with! Grow up! You make bad decision after bad decision because you choose to! And you chose to put your children in harm! SHAME ON YOU!
  • by NOYB Location: Parkersburg on Oct 7, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    This is not Kelli's first mistake and certainly not her last. She has put her own children in harms way for years and she deserves the punishment she gets. The mere fact she denies putting her children in harms way makes her crime worse. She **HAD** a good job with benefits and family and friends who cared. Stop the pity party and seek justice. The article also said she had someone in her vehicle who had a warrant so yes the stop was LEGAL.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 7, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    Let's put them in rehab instead of behind bars so they have a chance to straighten their lives out. That way when they're released they know how to deal with the disease instead of learning how to make better criminals. Does anyone honestly think that it's best to take children from their parents? Isn't it true that we ALL learn from our own mistakes?
  • by sick and tired of corrupted law enforcement Location: everywhere on Oct 7, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Thank you, legal stop? Well said! Sounds like entrapment to me. It's an awful shame about the kids but if they were suspected of obtaining drugs in the first place why wait until the damage is done and then the kids are torn apart? Who investigates the task force that we pay taxes for their saleries? This drug problem goes well beyond the call of duty. We've got to do something about this! These high-ups are the root of the whole problem! Thank you for your support
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      by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 at 01:18 PM in reply to sick and tired of corrupted law enforcement
      you are an idiot. Maybe you should look up what entrapment means
  • by compasion Location: belpre on Oct 7, 2011 at 03:53 AM
    @ Ron 1, there should be no reason why a mother who made a mistake should be taken away from her children forever... I am sure it you think back there has been things that has happened in your family that these same actions were not taken.. so before you go casting stones at this mother who messed up she deserves the right to still be a mother to her children. I don't agree with what she did but as a Christan I believe one family or person should not be throwing stones when they are not perfect either.
  • by legal stop? Location: Parkersburg on Oct 6, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    Who asked the task force to stop the car, why didnt they stop the car if it was for parole violation.....sounds fishy that had drug task force stop the car for that reason and just HAPPEN to suspect them of drug involvement
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      by sick and tired of corrupted law enforcement on Oct 7, 2011 at 02:13 PM in reply to legal stop?
      Thank you, well said! Entrapment!
  • by Tucker Location: Need a job ASAP on Oct 6, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    Now that I don't have a job am I just sapossed to sit her and post my half brain thoughts on how I feel how some one will audopt her kids!? It hard to find lifetime homes for older children so get off ur couch! Go down and get them kids! I am sure their mother has taught them well and it will be cake for someone like you! Don't judge, so you would leave your kids with her or let her take your car because hers is in compound . Or wait let her take care of your dog? People can change most don't they have to prove themselves and that takes a long time!
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      by Brandi on Oct 6, 2011 at 02:31 PM in reply to Tucker
      First off you need to learn how to spell.and i think it is crap that you are telling the public that someone should go and ADOPTED her kids..CSP will first talk to the family member and then go from there...
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      by mama on Oct 7, 2011 at 09:31 PM in reply to Tucker
      WOW..you are very ignorant
  • by judge not Location: mov on Oct 5, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    I don't know these folks, and I don't know their circumstances... but I sure hope all you fine folks don't live in glass houses.
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      by Judge Not?? on Oct 6, 2011 at 04:30 AM in reply to judge not
      Well Judge Not... a glass house really? It honestly would not matter the circumstances, when you put a child in harms way there is no circumstance that makes this right!!! wow!!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2011 at 07:37 AM in reply to judge not
      Very nice of you to point out.. I am sure no one wants this for their child or grandchildren. anyone that is a parent could be dealing with the same struggles with their children. So put yourself in their shoes and be compassionate to these families and what they are going thru, children with addictions make poor choices.. This could BE YOUR CHILD!!!
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        by Karen on Oct 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM in reply to Anonymous
        ReallY? These people know right from wrong and definately knew it was wrong to go get the drugs, pick them up, put them in her hoo-ha, and to endanger her kids lives! Addiction or not they know right from wrong. Quit taking up for these people
  • by Ron1 Location: Belpre on Oct 5, 2011 at 04:32 PM
    I want to thank Sheriff Larry Minchs & The Major Crimes Tash Force for cleaning up our county and catching these druggy and hopefully put them away for a long time. This woman should lose all rights to her two children and Children Services to find a good home for the kids someone will take good care of them and to raise them right.
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